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The signs and symptoms of cerebral palsy

Many of the most common birth injuries come from two conditions: cerebral palsy and Erb's palsy. These two conditions often occur due to complications during delivery. Cerebral palsy can occur before or after delivery, though, too.

While some people may think that cerebral palsy is a birth injury in and of itself, it is actually a generic term covering many disorders that affect a baby's body movements and brain function. It can be caused by a brain injury that occurs when the baby is born or because of a lack of oxygen to the baby's brain during delivery. Some situations that can contribute to or cause cerebral palsy include:

Tips motorists should follow to avoid colliding with motorcycles

When it comes to keeping motorcyclists safe, it not only requires that the biker employs a number of measures aimed at ensuring his or her own safety, but for automobile drivers to share in that responsibility as well.

Statistics show that a large percentage of collisions involving motorcyclists and cars occur at intersections. In fact, one of the most common types of fatal motorcycle accidents results from a car driver failing to be sure traffic has cleared before making a left turn.

Hip replacement complications can be surgical or product related

Hip replacements can be a wonderful benefit for someone who has been struggling with limited mobility for a long time due to his or her hips—when the surgeries go right.

When they're preformed improperly, they can lead to more chronic pain and problems, and a second surgery is usually required to fix the error. In some cases, the problem lies with the overall competence and skill of the physician, while other problems are related to defective materials.

Modern technology may help with bedsore cases

Bedsores happen when a person can't move and pressure is applied to the same tissue for an extended amount of time. These are an issue in hospitals and in nursing homes, where patients with limited mobility may have to sit or lie in a certain position all day long.

In some cases, the development of bedsores can be traced back to negligent care. For example, if a resident in a nursing home can't get out of bed or even roll over alone, the staff may be aware of this condition and obligated to come in multiple times per day to help the person change positions.

Man with 2 prior DUIs kills pedestrian while allegedly drunk

It seems that some have a harder time learning their lesson than others.

A California man with two previous convictions from 2009 for driving under the influence was back in court this month on charges that include hit-and-run and murder after he allegedly drove drunk and killed a pedestrian earlier.

Distracted teen drivers a bigger problem than realized

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has some disconcerting findings for the parents of teen drivers. Exhaustive research of crash videos with teenage drivers shows that distracted driving is much more of a problem than it was thought previously to be.

Video analysis discovered distraction factored into almost 60 percent of teen collisions that were identified as moderate-to-severe. That number is four times as high as officially estimated from police reports.

Pedestrian safety focus of San Diego critical audit

A recent report by the San Diego's City Auditor's Office was critical of the process used by the city when determining where to modernize crosswalks and intersections.

The report stated that the traffic department should use data regarding pedestrian safety when deciding where to place these costly upgrades. Some intersections that hadn't been the site of accidents in 15 years or more were upgraded with countdown times and flashing beacons. Conversely, dangerous intersections where countless wrecks occurred were being passed over for improvements.

Did your doctor misdiagnose your condition?

Most of us like and trust our doctors, but that doesn't mean that they can't make mistakes. Sometimes the mistakes are minor and don't have much of an effect on the outcome of our conditions. Other times, they can have very grave effects, such as when a doctor fails to diagnose a condition.  

Doctors learn in medical school to determine "differential diagnoses." This means that your doctor lists the most likely diagnoses of your condition based on your symptoms. In fact, there's an old medical school adage that goes, "When you hear hoofbeats, think of horses, not zebras."

Driver found guilty after hit and run kills 10-year-old girl

A case that has been dragging on for months has finally come to an end, and a woman who hit and killed a 10-year-old girl has been found guilty.

The accident happened last February in Tierrasanta. The woman left the road and drove up onto a sidewalk. Two girls were walking down that sidewalk, and she ran into both of them. The 10-year-old was rushed to the hospital with a brain injury, and she later passed away.